Business Reference Guide to Voice & Data Telecommunications Convergence (Hypercommunication)
This site is based on my Ph.D. dissertation research and on consulting work in business and agribusiness communications (voice, data, Internet, etc.). Since my research concerns technical, economic, and business subjects in the hypercommunications field, this site has information on hundreds of subjects in diverse fields. Thus, do not expect short, USA Today-like "factoids". Instead, this site is meant to help businesses (especially agribusinesses) to understand some of the technical and economic implications of converged voice and data networks. The way businesses communicate is evolving into a new model (hypercommunications), based on access to high-speed, high-capacity voice and data networks. Access depends on the factors mentioned throughout this site. Understanding hypercommunication services and technologies will be increasingly important to businesses and employees.
Hypercommunication.net is designed to help businesses and people learn about the convergence of telecommunications into hypercommunications. The site contains over 1,000 pages of text and hundreds of graphics. It is organized by chapter, and each chapter has many individual topics.
The next "hyper" is in the area of Big Data and Advanced Analytics. It's as if we are standing in 1995, just before the Internet became a household word. Hypercommunications was both a new interpersonal communication model and a way of describing and analyzing convergence. Now, in 2016 (140 "Internet Years" later), the Big Data Advanced Analytics revolution has begun to hit large- to medium-sized US businesses now that penetration of government and super-businesses has been set in motion. This can be called hyper-econometrics (for a technical analytically inclined audience) and hyper-analytics to a broader audience.
--Dean G. Fairchild
Overview (Chap. 1) of my Ph.D. dissertation research in Food & Resource (Agricultural) Economics at the University of Florida. Tells objectives, methodology, brief introduction, and gives a brief overview of the study, titled "Convergence of Traditional Telephony, Enhanced Telecommunications, Private Data Networking, and the Internet into Hypercommunications: Implications of the New Economics of the Network for Florida Agribusinesses".
WHY do businesses need hypercommunications (economically)?
Foundations of the Information Economy (Chap. 2)
Because of the information economy (new economy, knowledge economy). Details about the information economy. What is hypercommunication & why is it replacing telecommunication? Why communication, technology, and information are making four separate communications networks (telephone, enhanced telecommunications, private data networks, and the Internet) converge into one hypercommunication network.
WHY do businesses need hypercommunications (technically)?
Technical and Economic Foundations of Hypercommunication Networks (Chap. 3)
Chapter 3 explains why hypercommunications exist by tracing the origins of communication networks and the resulting network economics (new economics). Chapter 3 shows how technical and economic components are jointly shaping the business foundation for hypercommunications. Differences between telephone networks and computer networks, OSI model, economic history of computer networks.
WHAT are hypercommunications?
Services & Technologies (Chap. 4)
Detailed explanations of what hypercommunication services and technologies are.
Transmission technologies (wireline & wireless): Illustrated technical explanations of what bandwidth, data rate, and QOS mean are given, along with various wireline (copper, cable, fiber) and wireless (mobile, fixed terrestrial, satellite) infrastructures.
The second half of this 300-page chapter features a Business Guide to Services:
- Traditional Telephony: POTS, local calling areas, wire centers, COs, CSAs, extended calling areas, Florida area code maps, ILECs, LECs (CLECs/ALECs), long-distance carriers (IXCs), LATA maps.
- Enhanced Telecommunications: (call center services, voice T-1 (ISDN-PRI), unified messaging, PBXs, IP PBXs, ECSA standards)
- Private Data Networking: (frame relay, data T-1, T-3, SONET)
- Internet: Internet access (T-1, DSL, ISDN, wireless), e-mail (SMTP, POP3), web hosting, web site design, web site maintenance, e-commerce, website promotion, etc.
Subjects include: DSL (x-DSL, ADSL, IDSL, HDSL, HDSL2, VDSL, RADSL, VeDSL, CMT, CAP), ISDN-BRI, ISDN-PRI, T-1, T-3, SONET, cable modems, how 56 kbps modems work, fixed wireless (MMDS, LMDS, DEMS, WLL, WCS, 2.4 GHz, etc., satellite: NGSO, GEO, MEO, LEO, etc.), standards, converged networks, VPNs, etc.
HOW and WHERE
Infrastructure, Deregulation, Taxation, Universal Service, and Universal Access (Chap. 5)
The how and where of hypercommunications infrastructure and regulation.
How refers to how deregulation, re-regulation, taxation, and FCC policy goals such as universal access and universal service will be used as mechanisms to help determine where infrastructures are deployed and access is available. The economics of policy responses affects how and where infrastructures will be developed, and what kinds of hypercommunication services will be available to Florida's businesses. Rural infrastructure in Florida is carefully analyzed.
HOW COME businesses need hypercommunications?
What do companies need? Agribusiness & small business hypercommunication needs (Chap. 6)
Chapter 6 covers market boundaries, bundling, and specific business communication needs. Discusses "How come?" your business needs hypercommunications.
HOW MUCH should businesses pay for hypercommunications? FROM WHOM should a business buy? (Chap. 7)
Chapter lists main providers in Florida: ILECs, CLECs (ALECs), ISPs, NSPs (Tier 1 backbone providers), mobile and fixed wireless vendors (MMDS, LMDS, WLL, DEMS, 2,4 GHz unlicensed spread-spectrum, satellite carriers). Summary of prices for T-1, DSL, voice, Internet, other services. Since most of Chapter 7 is proprietary, links to two appendices that cover S. Miami-Dade County Florida ONLY are provided.
List of References
A variety of academic, economic, business, agricultural, Internet, equipment vendors, state and federal government, and carrier sources were used. References include FCC reports, FPSC reports, Internet links, academic research, and industry white papers.
Résumé of Dean G. Fairchild (econometrics, statistical modeling, & market research)
Also see list of selected publications and work examples by Dean G. Fairchild.